Registration Info & Fees
You must register to attend Midwest Banjo Camp. Please submit a separate Registration form for each registrant.
Here is a listing of our various options and prices. Note that on the registration form, your will be asked to select a tuition option and a room and board option. You may also select one or more "extras."
Note: Commuters may purchase special meal packages that only offer lunches and dinners
Full Camp & Weekend Only Options
Full Camp. The full camp runs from mid-Thursday afternoon through Sunday lunch. Included in the full-camp tuition package are nine hands-on classes, all meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch, two faculty concerts, staff-led jams on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and staff-led jams and demonstrations on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon.
Weekend-Only Option. The “weekend-only” option begins with the first class Friday afternoon. Included are seven hands-on classes and all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Also included are the two faculty concerts, staff-led jams on Friday and Saturday evenings, and staff-led jams and demonstrations on Friday afternoon.
Resident Tuition, Full Camp (Thursday afternoon thru Sunday)
- Single Occupancy Full Camp (covers tuition, room with single occupancy and board, Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch): $775
- Double Occupancy Full Camp (covers tuition, room with double occupancy and board, Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch): $730
Resident Tuition, Weekend-Only Option (Friday afternoon thru Sunday)
- Single Occupancy Weekend-Only (covers tuition, room with single occupancy and board, Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) $572
- Double Occupancy Weekend-Only (covers tuition, room with double occupancy and board, Friday dinner through Sunday lunch): $537
We offer special non-resident rates which include meals (covers lunches and dinners only - breakfast may be purchased on the spot if you wish). Commuters may also register with no meals included.
- Full Camp, Commuter No Meals (tuition only): $582
- Full Camp with Commuter Meal Package: (includes tuition plus dinner on Thursday, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and lunch on Sunday): $648
- Weekend Only, Commuter No Meals (tuition only): $439
- Weekend-Only with Commuter Meals Package: (includes tuition plus dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday): $480
Non-Playing Spouses, Companions and Chaperones
Spouses and companions of students -- or chaperones of minor students -- who will not be attending classes may register for MBC on the following basis:
Both the student and the spouse/companion/chaperone sign up for double occupancy. The student pays the full double occupancy rate, while the spouse/companion/chaperone pays half the double occupancy rate. This special rate entitles the spouse/companion/chaperone to double occupancy lodging, the full meal plan, and -- if so desired -- access to demonstrations and concerts. They may NOT attend classes. To register as a spouse/companion/chaperone, click the appropriate box on the registration form and you will automatically be charged the appropriate amount.
Note: Please submit a separate Registration form for each registrant, including for a spouse/companion/chaperone.
Shuttle Between the Airport and Olivet
A Shuttle run by Olivet College/MBC that runs from Lansing's Capitol City Airport to the Olivet Campus and back is available. Check one or both of the “need shuttle” boxes on the registration form, and you will be charged a $25 fee for each direction ($50 round-trip).
Linens & Bedding
Students staying in the dormitories must either supply their own linens and bedding, or rent a set from Olivet College (the charge is $12 per set). To order a set of linens in advance, simply check the appropriate box in the housing section of the registration form. (NOTE: We strongly recommend you bring your own linens, pillow, blanket, and personal items as you will be more comfortable with them than the college-supplied bedding. The mattress size is 38” x 80”, extra-long twin sheets. Even if renting linens, you may want to bring your own pillow and pillowcase for a little at-home comfort.)
The linen sets rented from Olivet come with the following items:
- pillow and blanket
- 2 sheets & 1 pillow case
- 2 bath towels & washcloth
- Packet containing shampoo, cream rinse, body wash & drinking cup
Students staying in the dormitories must either supply their own linens and bedding, or rent a set from Olivet College (the charge this year is $12 per set). To order a set of linens in advance, simply check the appropriate box in the housing section of the registration form.
Students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult in order to attend MBC as either a commuter or resident. They also must bring along a Permissions Form signed by the parent. If the accompanying adult is not a parent, he or she needs to bring along a document signed by a parent which authorizes him or her to act in loco parentis at our Camp, a role we refer to as Camp Guardian. Please click here to download a copy of the Parental Authorization Form. Parents or Camp Guardians of minor students may register as students, or if they don't wish to attend classes may register at the chaperone rate, which is identical to the non-playing spouse rate (see above). To register as a spouse/companion/chaperone, click the appropriate box on the registration form and you will automatically be charged the appropriate amount."
Extra Nights' Lodging
If it best suits your travel plans, you may also reserve a bed on the night directly following Camp (Sunday, June 10). Specify this option on your registration form, or contact us with your reservation any time up to June 1, 2018. The cost is $45 per night, per student. The Olivet cafeteria will only be open from Thursday dinner thru Sunday lunch, so if you stay through Sunday evening you will need to find other sources for meals. Olivet is a small town but has several options, a couple of restaurants and sandwich/pizza shops. Recently, a new sports bar has opened up that stays open late on weekends.
Deposits and Payment Schedule
Although students may pay in full at any time, a deposit of $100 reserves a place at Camp until April 1, 2018, at which time all tuition balances must be paid in full. Beginning 12:01 AM on April 2, 2018, all reservations made must be accompanied by full tuition.
Paying Deposits & Balances Online
All those who have reserved a space with a deposit must submit the remainder of their tuition by April 1, 2018. Again, all new registrations made after that date must be accompanied by payment of full tuition. If you wish to have us hold a place for you before you pay the full amount, check the box saying you wish to give us a $100 deposit now. We will charge you $100, plus any extra items that you choose on the registration form (e.g. linens, extra day's lodging, or other). Your full balance is due on April 1, 2018. On that date, your balance will be automatically charged to the card number used to pay your deposit. A reminder will be sent to you in advance that this will happen on the due date.
Note: MBC never actually handles your credit card number or other payment information; payments are made through our credit card processor, who maintains this information securely on their system.
Paying by Postal Mail
You can also pay in full, or send deposits and balances for MBC via check. All payments in full and deposit payments should be accompanied by a filled out registration form. Please make checks payable to Midwest Banjo Camp, and mail it to...
Midwest Banjo Camp
c/o Elderly Instruments
1100 N Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906
Note: we don't recommend sending credit card info via email, since this is NOT a secure medium.
Cancellations and Refunds
Until April 1, 2018, your deposit is fully refundable. For cancellations beginning 12:01 AM on April 2, 2018, everything is refunded except $100. For cancellations made on or after June 1, 2018, everything is refunded except $200. There are no refunds for cancellations that take place after midnight, June 7, 2018, or for those students who simply fail to show up to Camp with no notice.
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